Accessibility, mobility, security, personalization, gamification, disruption, real-time -- these were some of the trends at Wednesday's session of financial technology trade-and-pitch show Finovate. But overshadowing the usual drive to amaze and delight, there was the sense that companies are searching for ways to arm consumers with better financial products and the security to match.
There was an emphasis on budgeting and financial planning -- for everyone. There were savings games for kids, such as crowd pleaser PlayMoolah that lets kids play in a currency called "moops." There was also a family-focused spending tool, Virtual Piggy, designed to prevent your kids from going nuts with your credit card online. Waspit also launched social banking for students.
And for the adults, there was a slew of new investing and budgeting tools presented -- those that come with access to advisors, those that will connect to your many accounts and keep you up to date on your financial life, someRead More »from Disrupt and Protect: Financial Tech Trends